by Rosemary FitzGerald
Ro FitzGerald continues her series on plants with West Country associations, this time looking at the wonderfully elegant daylily
Gardeners who appreciate Hemerocallis, daylilies, sometimes feel alienated. They grow, love and admire these easy, reliable, varied and stunningly beautiful plants, but find that most other gardeners despise them!
Nurserymen who offer the plants are familiar with the disdainful tone of voice when potential customers say ‘Oh no, I’ve got the yellow one’, or ‘They’re much too orange for my garden’.
As there are now 52,000 registered cultivars, in every imaginable shade from white to deepest crimson, these reactions show just how resistant people are.
However enthusiasts like me are ever hopeful that we can increase their popularity, and spread more widely the pleasure and satisfaction they can bring.